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Identifier: travelsincentral01mouh
Title: Travels in the central parts of Indo-China (Siam), Cambodia, and Laos : during the years 1858, 1859, and 1860
Year: 1864 (1860s)
Authors: Mouhot, Henri, 1826-1861 Mouhot, Charles
Subjects: Mouhot, Henri, 1826-1861
Publisher: London : John Murray
Contributing Library: University of Connecticut Libraries
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our guns, which were loaded, and waitedin readiness. Fresh roarings, proceeding from a very short distanceoff, completed the terror of our animals; and we ourselvescould not help feeling uneasy. I proposed to go andmeet the enemy, which was agreed to, and we accordinglyplunged into that part of the forest whence the soundcame. Although familiar with these terrible creatures, wefelt far from comfortable ; but before long we came uponrecent tracks which were quite unmistakeable, and soon,in a small clearing in the forest, perceived nine elephants,the leader being a male of enormous size, standing rightin front of us. On our approach he set up a roar more frightful thanever, and the whole herd advanced slowly towards us.We remained in a stooping position, half hidden behindthe trees, which were too tall for us to climb. I was inthe act of taking aim at the forehead of the leader, theonly vulnerable part, but an Annamite who stood besideme, and who was an old hunter, knocked up my rifle,

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s o < H<ffl Chap. XL EXCHANGE OF PRESENTS. 269 and begged me not to fire; for, said he, if you killor wound one of the elephants we are lost; and even if weshould succeed in escaping, the oxen, the waggons, and alltheir contents would be overwhelmed by the fury of theseanimals. If there were but two or three, we might hopeto kill them; but nine, of whom five are very large, aretoo many; and it will be more prudent to retreat. Atthis moment, Father Guilloux, who had not much con-fidence in his powers of locomotion, fired his gun in the au-to frighten the elephants; and this plan fortunately suc-ceeded : the herd stopped in astonishment for an instant,then turned round, and marched into the forest. When we reached Pemptielan we stopped at the houseof the mandarin, whose authority extends over the neigh-bouring district, and, contrary to the usual custom, heoffered us hospitality under his own roof. Scarcely, how-ever, were we installed when he came to me and askedfor the best of m

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bookid:travelsincentral01mouh bookyear:1864 bookdecade:1860 bookcentury:1800 bookauthor:Mouhot__Henri__1826_1861 bookauthor:Mouhot__Charles booksubject:Mouhot__Henri__1826_1861 bookpublisher:London___John_Murray bookcontributor:University_of_Connecticut_Libraries booksponsor:Boston_Library_Consortium_Member_Libraries bookleafnumber:288 bookcollection:uconn_libraries bookcollection:blc bookcollection:americana

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